Jacob/DorsetX wool blended with alpaca, machine spun into 100g balls GREY Natural mid grey - 'Dottie' 4 ply 230m per 100g ball Spring 2017 shearing
YARN WITH A STORY TO TELL
This soft and densely textured Jacob/DorsetX alpaca blend yarn is from Dottie, one of two ewes of this breed that we rescued from slaughter from our local farm park. Dottie has round black eye patches and several splodges on her fleece, hence the name! I tried this particular fibre blend with Dottie's sister Boots' fleece last year and the results were the same: the cream alpaca mix has created a warm mid grey shade with lots of texture and character. Like her sister Boots, Dottie is an exceptionally friendly sheep, coming up alongside you for a scratch and a head rub. After shearing, her body is a surprising mix of black, cream and brown splodges, and she always looks naked after losing such a full and springy fleece.
Our high welfare artisan yarn is from a small mixed flock of sheep at our livestock sanctuary in Nottinghamshire UK. The boys were originally called The Hooligans because of their boisterous behaviour and unerring knack of seeking out trouble, and although the girls are generally better behaved, they also have their moments. And so Hooligan Yarns was born!
It’s essential for the welfare of sheep that they’re shorn at least once a year, but the fleece is often disposed of or given away for next to nothing. I liked the idea of producing a ‘single sheep’ yarn that promoted a high welfare message to support the charity. Our undyed yarn is machine spun in UK mills and individually gift packaged, with the name and quirks of each sheep provided as a story with each order.
Limited quantities are available owing to the size of flock – all current stock shown here, with updates twice yearly following the spring and autumn shearings.
Yarn sales go directly to support our charity Manor Farm Charitable Trust which offers lifelong sanctuary for livestock in need. UK Registered Charity No. 1173761.